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From Mombasa/Mtwapa/Diani/Tiwi: Tsavo East Full-Day Safari

1. From Mombasa/Mtwapa/Diani/Tiwi: Tsavo East Full-Day Safari

Embark on an exhilarating Tsavo East day-safari departing from Mombasa, Diani, Kilifi, or Malindi. Immerse yourself in the untamed wilderness of Tsavo East, one of Kenya's iconic national parks. Experience thrilling game drives, encounter extraordinary wildlife, and discover the diverse landscapes and rich biodiversity of this captivating destination. Your adventure begins with an early morning departure from your accommodation in Mombasa, Diani, Kilifi, or Malindi. Sit back and relax as you journey towards Tsavo East, a sprawling wilderness spanning over 13,000 square kilometres. As you enter the park, prepare yourself for an unforgettable game drive, where each moment holds the potential for remarkable wildlife encounters. Tsavo East is renowned for its diverse wildlife population, including the famous "Red Elephants" known for their distinctive rust-coloured dust baths. Keep your camera ready as you traverse the park, capturing stunning images of lions, cheetahs, leopards, giraffes, zebras, buffalo herds, and an array of bird species. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, you'll gain fascinating insights into the park's ecosystem, the behaviours of its inhabitants, and the ongoing conservation efforts to protect Tsavo East's delicate balance. Deepen your understanding of the significance of this incredible natural habitat. Midway through the day, make a stop for a delightful picnic lunch amidst the wilderness, allowing you to savor the flavors while surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature. Take a moment to recharge and reflect on the morning's adventures, as you soak in the serene ambiance of the African bush. Continuing your exploration, venture into different sections of the park, each offering its own distinct landscapes and wildlife sightings. From vast open plains to acacia-dotted savannahs, Tsavo East's ever-changing scenery provides ample opportunities for breathtaking photographs. As the day winds down, commence your return journey to Mombasa, Diani, Kilifi, or Malindi, filled with unforgettable memories and stories to share. Reflect on the wonders you've witnessed and the profound connection you've formed with nature during this immersive Tsavo East Day Safari.

Blue Safari: Snorkeling at Watamu Marine Park & Seafood

2. Blue Safari: Snorkeling at Watamu Marine Park & Seafood

Discover the captivating wonders of Watamu Marine Park on our unforgettable tour. We'll begin by picking you up from your hotel, ensuring a seamless start to your adventure. Brace yourself for an exciting itinerary filled with snorkeling, dolphin spotting, and a sumptuous seafood lunch on one of the islands. Immerse yourself in the underwater paradise as you embark on a snorkeling adventure in the crystal-clear waters of Watamu Marine Park. Marvel at the kaleidoscope of vibrant coral formations teeming with an abundance of marine life. Swim alongside colorful fish, graceful sea turtles, and other fascinating creatures that call this coral reef their home. Prepare to be enchanted as you witness the grace and playfulness of dolphins during our dolphin spotting session. These intelligent creatures often swim alongside our boat, providing you with an up-close and personal encounter. Capture these magical moments and create memories that will last a lifetime. After a morning of adventure, it's time to satisfy your taste buds with a delectable seafood lunch on the island. Indulge in the freshest catches of the day, including succulent prawns, lobster, crab, and a variety of mouthwatering fish dishes. The culinary delights are complemented by the stunning ocean views, creating a truly memorable dining experience. As the tour comes to an end, we'll ensure your convenience by dropping you off at your hotel. Reflect on the day's incredible experiences and relish the memories of exploring the marine wonders, spotting dolphins, and indulging in a delectable seafood feast. Join us on this extraordinary tour where adventure, natural beauty, and culinary delights combine to create an unforgettable day at Watamu Marine Park. Book now and let us take you on a journey you'll treasure forever.

Malindi City: Marafa Hells Kitchen Day Excursion.

3. Malindi City: Marafa Hells Kitchen Day Excursion.

Malindi,Marafa Hells Kitchen Excursion is a half-day tour to a mini-canyon officially known as Hell’s Kitchen located 1 hour’s drive from Malindi town. There is nothing evil in Malindi’s Hell’s Kitchen but a very hot little canyon. The site is located in the town of Marafa a small unassuming village with conspicuous baobab trees. The Depression is an odd sandstone canyon. Known locally as Nyari – “the place broken by itself” – it was once a great sandstone ridge worn by wind, rain, and floods into a series of jagged gorges. The layer-cake colors of the sandstone reveal whites, pinks, oranges, and deep crimsons, making the gorge particularly striking at sundown when tones of the ribbed sandstone gullies are highlighted and mirrored by those of the setting sun. Sunset is particularly evocative and we recommend planning your trip in the afternoon so as to finish the day with a truly moving moment: it is as if the rocks have caught fire! Enjoy the nature walk in the evening and later on, you will be able to observe baboons and hyenas in that place before a magic sunset. The best time to visit is in the afternoon after lunch. After the beautiful and informative walking tour of the place with a guide, you will be welcomed to rest on the benches around as you enjoy the most beautiful sight of Sunset in Africa. Enjoy a minute-by-minute setting of the sun as it bids goodbye to the day, the colors of the African sunset and the variety of soils at hell’s kitchen will leave you with tears of joy. It’s an Amazing site. Notes. * Marafa Hells Kitchen excursion duration is 4 Hours * Hell’s Kitchen is located in Marafa, a town approximately 45 minutes from Malindi Town * Best Time to Visit: early morning and late afternoon. Hell’s Kitchen is best visited after 2:30 pm as during mid-day the place gets so hot therefore highly recommended to visit later in the afternoon when the temperatures are a little lower for you to enjoy the experience fully

Malindi City: Excursion And Historical Half Day Tour.

4. Malindi City: Excursion And Historical Half Day Tour.

We will pick you up and drive to Malindi Town where we will spend the day. Begin the tour with a visit to the great Portuguese historical monument Vasco Da Gama Pillar built in 1498, Pay a visit also to the Portuguese chapel the first Christian church in East Africa built in 1509, to carter for only 60 Portuguese present at the time. St Francis Xavier, a founding member of Jesus society visited Malindi in 1542, and buried one of his sea men at the chapel, on his way to India. Also the colonial governor, Mr. J Bell Smith, was buried there. Next we head to the Malindi Museum for a chance to learn more of this historic town. This is followed by a tour of Malindi Maasai Market for a chance to buy some African jewerelly, souvenirs, and paintings among other items. You will also get a chance to walk to other local shops for local attires. Next we drive to Gede Ruins for a historic tour. A guided tour to a local Giriama village where you will be welcomed by local traditional songs and even get a chance to dance, get a closer contact with the people going about their daily lives activities, “African way of life”, visit a local medicine man get to know the various medicinal herbs and charms used for generations. Proceed into the ruins where you begin by a brief on the history. The remains of a Swahili town whose origin dates back to the 12th century, the Gede historical monument is one of the most popular attractions on Kenya’s coast. The town became wealthy and reached its peak in the 15th century. Visible today are the remains of a magnificent palace, mosques, and large houses made from stone and coral reefs. Early in the 16th century the town was mysteriously abandoned and is now home to hundreds of guenon monkeys. Under the care of the National Museums of Kenya, it is more than just an important archaeological site. Gede’s indigenous forest is a sacred site for traditional rituals and sacrifices for the surrounding community. Visit the Snake Farm which houses the largest collection of reptiles such as snakes in East Africa. On this day, you won't miss out on this beautiful destination known as Falconry Farm which is home to collection of birds such as eagles, falcons, owls, peckers and many other birds. After a wonderful time, we proceed for lunch at the crab shack, run by the Mida Creek conservation community and ideal for a relaxed meal in a rustic setting or drinks whilst watching the creek. Mida Creek, a Broadwater tidal creek surrounded by extensive mangroves and lined with palms is where we end a wonderful tour. We will depart for Malindi and on arrival, drop off at your residence/hotel.

Mombasa Airport Private Arrival Transfer

5. Mombasa Airport Private Arrival Transfer

Transfer from Moi International Airport to your Mombasa town, south coast, north coast or further north (Watamu/Malindi) hotel. These services are private and available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Transfers are available to: Area 1: Mombasa Town Area 2: South Coast Area 3: North Coast Area 3: Further North Coast (Watamu/Malindi) At time of booking, kindly provide information on the following; Flight Details (Flight Number and Airline) Hotel Name and Address Arrival Time Departing City / Arrival City Note: Subject to availability, your transfer will be confirmed within 24 hours and you will be provided with a travel voucher to present to the driver guide. Itinerary Departs: Daily Departure Point: Your driver guide holding a sheet with the lead passenger's name will meet you at the arrivals hall located outside the customs area. Departure Time: Your booking time (transfers operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week) Duration: Varies, but approximately about 1 hour

Mombasa Airport Private Transfer to Vipingo and Kilifi

6. Mombasa Airport Private Transfer to Vipingo and Kilifi

Skip the stress of finding a taxi or sharing a shuttle when you arrive at one of the busiest airports in Africa. Meet your professional driver at the airport Mombasa and enjoy the convenience of a private transfer directly to the doorstep of your hotel or private residence in Vipingo and Kilifi. Travel in a comfortable, spacious Sedan for 3 passengers or a minivan for 5 passengers. Sit back and enjoy the ride to your destination without worrying about taxi meters or traffic.

Day tour to Tsavo East from Malindi

7. Day tour to Tsavo East from Malindi

Tsavo East day trip begins with pick up from your hotel before sunrise (5:30 am) and follow the busy Mombasa – Nairobi road to the first gate to Tsavo East national park. Short stopover before entering the park via Bachuma gate. Embark on your first game viewing exercise in search of the red Elephants, lions nicknamed the “Man eaters of Tsavo”, Buffalo, Cheetah, Giraffe, Antelopes etc. Visit the famous Aruba dam where lots of wildlife can be seen especially during the dry season. Later proceed to a restaurant for lunch. After Lunch, leave for another game drive in this largest National Park in Kenya before your exit. Have a chance to see the BIG FIVE of Africa in this one-Day Tsavo East national park safari . There are numerous small and big game and different bird species to be viewed in this 1 day Tsavo east safari. Later drive out of the park and proceed back to your Beach resort/Mombasa port/airport arriving late in the afternoon. End of Tour.

Malindi: Full-Day City Highlights Tour with Gede Ruins

8. Malindi: Full-Day City Highlights Tour with Gede Ruins

Start your tour from your hotel with a visit to the Gede Ruins lying in the southern part of Malindi nestled in a thick forest. The Gede Ruins remain as a hidden secret. While at Gede ruins you will be able to come across old ruin houses, palaces, courtrooms, wells, mosque which were built with plaster, sand and coral dated back to 15th Century. Have a visit to the National Museum which has displays of excavated glass, persian and porcelain. Thereafter, proceed to Malindi Swahili Town. You will come across the stone known as Vasco da Gama Pillar placed by Vasco da Gama back in 1499. Here you will also have a chance to see the Portuguese church next to the pillar. Visit the Snake Farm which houses the largest collection of reptiles such as snakes in East Africa. On this day, you won't miss out on this beautiful destination known as Falconry Farm which is home to collection of birds such as eagles, falcons, owls, peckers and many other birds. This tour will give you the best experience of Malindi culture and history.

Private Transfer: Mombasa Train Station to Malindi

9. Private Transfer: Mombasa Train Station to Malindi

Avoid the stress of finding a taxi or the hassle of a shared shuttle service when you arrive at Mombasa's busy Miritini SGR train station terminus. Enjoy the convenience of a private transfer directly to your accommodation in the Malindi area. A professional driver will pick you up and drop you off either at the train station or at the doorstep of your hotel or private residence. Travel in a comfortable, spacious sedan for 3 passengers or minivan for up to 6 passengers. Sit back and enjoy the ride to your destination without worrying about taxi meters or traffic. This transfer service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Juma and his team were great. They were very friendly and made us feel welcome. They waited for us because our disembarkation process was delayed. We were on a cruise and had only 13 hours in port, so we booked a Tsavo day trip. We made it to ship on time and safely! We saw various animals (elephants, giraffes, zebras, ostrich...) in this limited time. Driver was very skilled and stopped at the same stops for the coffee break as the cruise ship tour. Guide was very knowledgeable and told us a lot of information about the park and Kenya. We would recommend this trip to anyone who has limited time in Mombasa.

Pick up time 5am. The evening before someone texted me that we would be picked up at 4:30. Our driver was on time. We drove 3.5 hours. to the park. There was a lot of traffic, you can't drive very fast. At the meeting point there is a small shop where you can have breakfast or buy souvenirs. Another guide gave me his cell phone to buy a ticket. Only works online!! Be sure to take your credit card with you. The tour was great. We saw lots of animals. It's tiring in one day, but it was totally worth it.

Had a wonderful trip, did everything in 1 day, which made it a very long day, more than 18 hours on the road. But if you prepare yourself for it, this is perfectly doable. Guides had a beautiful route through the park and were able to see lions, elephants, giraffes, buffalos, hippos, zebras and much more.

My partner and I really enjoyed it and can only recommend this safari. We were a bit lucky that there were only two of us in the car, but you can also ask whether it is basically possible alone or with the family. Either way you have to do it and every cent was a great investment :-)

A very nice trip for this price. An amazing experience and great holiday memories :) everything went quickly and smoothly, we saw a lot of animals, we are very pleased :)